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“He’s succeeded at every level,” Westphal said. “He’s excelled at every level and he’s still hungry. He’s fundamentally one of the best rookies I’ve been around.”
The Kings are hoping to build around a healthy Evans, a more seasoned Cousins and now Fredette after suffering through five straight losing seasons. Sacramento went 24-58 last season and struggled to generate much fan interest, leading to talk of a possible move. But that has changed in recent months with the decision to stay for another year and Jimmer-mania just adds to that.
“I hope the fans come out and support us,” Fredette said. “I hope they like our team. I think we will have a very exciting team and like I said, I hope we can get more wins. Winning translates to getting more fans out there, and hopefully we’ll be able to keep the organization there.”
Salmons spent two-plus years with the Kings. His best year was in 2008-09 when he averaged 18.3 points per game before being dealt to Chicago during the season. The Kings have struggled at the small forward position recently and are hoping Salmons provides a big upgrade.
“We really improved ourselves at the small forward position dramatically,” Petrie said. “We obviously have had John before. He’s very versatile and in long stretches he was probably our best player on teams that are better than the ones we’ve had recently.”
The Kings also got UCLA small forward Tyler Honeycutt with their first second-round pick, 35th overall, and Washington guard Isaiah Thomas with the final pick of the draft.
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